President Muhammdu Buhari has said that COVID-19 pandemic had made it difficult for people to gather in places of worship as they were used to.
Buhari, in his message to Muslims on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir celebration reiterated that worshippers should follow the guidelines set by experts for their safety and that of their loved ones.
He appealed that Nigerians should exercise patience over the inconveniences created by COVID-19, especially the regulations on places of worship.
Here are five key takeaways from his speech:
“Muslims and people of other faiths should continue to show more understanding with the government as we take correct steps to protect people through social distancing. No elected government would intentionally take away its people’s religious freedom by limiting the number of persons that will gather in worship centres at the same time.”
Fear of God
“whatever we do in life, we must put the fear of God in our daily activities in order to make our society better.”
President Buhari urged Muslims to imbibe the noble virtues of great prophets in order to establish closer connectivity between religious teachings and practice. “We can create the greatest impact by putting into practice the noble teachings of our religion”.
Eid-el Kabir sacrifice
President Buhari called on worshipers not to forget the symbolic significance of the sacrifices of the Eid-el Kabir.
Buhari reminded the people of his efforts to root out corruption in the country, stating that the efforts had so far brought a lot of changes in the polity and appealed for support and understanding as investigations are carried out into both legacy and fresh cases.